Rev Joseph Raphael Crimont

Rev Joseph Raphael Crimont

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Death 20 May 1945 (aged 87)
Burial Juneau Borough, Alaska, USA
Memorial ID 10743005 · View Source
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Joseph Raphael Crimont, S.J., was the last Prefect Apostolic of Alaska, and its first bishop.

He was born on February 2, 1858, in the town of Ferrieres, Somme, France. In 1886, Crimont came to America. After two years of theological studies at Woodstock, Maryland, he was ordained a priest, on August 28, 1888. Crimont sailed for Alaska in 1894. He spent the years 1894-1901 at Holy Cross Mission. In 1901 Fr. Crimont was called out of Alaska to be president of Gonzaga College in Spokane, Washington; he was president for three years. On March 28, 1904 he was appointed to succeed Fr. Jean Baptiste René as Prefect Apostolic of Alaska. In St. James Cathedral, Seattle, on July 25, 1917, he was consecrated a bishop.

Bishop Crimont's lifestyle continue to be simple. He traveled much during the summers, visiting the various missions and parishes. During his winters In Juneau he shared his time between his duties as bishop and those as parish priest. He died in Juneau, at the age of eighty-seven, on May 20, 1945. The Governor of Alaska, Ernest Gruening, hailed Bishop Crimont as a "great Christian man," ordered the flags throughout Alaska to be flown at half-mast for three days. This great Christian man, who St. Don Bosco predicted would be a missionary, found his final resting place in the stone chapel on Shrine Island near Juneau.

First Bishop, Diocese of Alaska, 1917-1945.


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  • Created by: rjschatz
  • Added: 8 Apr 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10743005
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Joseph Raphael Crimont (2 Feb 1858–20 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10743005, citing Shrine Island, Juneau Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by rjschatz (contributor 46560566) .